(Cr III or Chromium
from diabetes? You need to get enough of this trace element. It is
shown to be effective in helping with controlling diabetes in clinical
suffer from diabetes, take at least 200 mcg once a day of this
essential mineral. Increase it up to 1,000 mcg daily to if it will help
stabilize and bring down your blood sugar levels. Let your doctor know
and also measure your blood sugar levels more frequently until you find
out how it affects you.
You may try to eat foods rich in chromium or simply take a chromium
pill supplement. Don't rely on getting it from your multi-vitamin as
most will not have enough to give you any benefit.
Also include an exercise program that you enjoy to do. (If you don't
enjoy it, you won't follow it.) Exercising and watching what you eat
very important in those suffering from diabetes and is the recommended
first step in controlling your blood sugar levels.
Don't bother taking this mineral for helping you loose weight;
it doesn't seem to help.
Many clinical studies show
that this mineral helps with lowering blood sugar levels in people
suffering from type 2 diabetes.
Studies also suggest that
it could help those with low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia).
If you are pregnant, use
this supplement for controlling gestational diabetes only under the
supervision of your family doctor.
loss from taking diabetic medications
Some prescription diabetic medications may cause weigh gain. This
seems to help slow down the weight gain in those people.
animal studies showed that this mineral could lower high cholesterol
are studies that so no benefit.
There are much better natural remedies for
high cholesterol. Consider taking omega-3
fatty acids to lower high cholesterol.
Probably not effective
recent study done in those who do not have diabetes but suffering from
metabolic syndrome (pre-diabetes risks) showed that this supplement did
not help. It did not improve body weight, cholesterol levels,
inflammation or other measures of glucose response.
Probably not effective
Studies done in humans showed that this
mineral does not have any effective on their body weight.
- Probably not effective
is a popular product used by bodybuilders. The poorly designed studies
showed that it helped and the well-designed studies showed no benefit
in reducing weight, body fat or in increasing muscle strength.
and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is it?
Also known as
Cr III, it
is a naturally
occurring mineral that can be found in many types of foods. Your body
requires it in small quantity.
There are many
states that this mineral exists in. Cr III is the
non-toxic form and is considered to be very safe to use. Cr VI
(hexavalent form) is highly toxic to our body and is known to cause
are the suggested health benefits of taking this mineral?
used by the body to regulate and control the action of insulin and, to
some extend, fat metabolism.
picolinate is the most common form sold in health food stores and is
marketed to help with improving athletic performance and reducing body
fat. It is also sold to help diabetics lower their high blood
sugar levels and for weight loss. There are some small research studies
to suggest that it can also lower high cholesterol. Click here
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foods contain this mineral?
that contain this mineral include meats, chicken, fish, brewer's yeast,
brown sugar, coffee, tea, nuts, seeds, prunes, dark chocolate, whole
wheat and certain brands of beer and wine.
is niacin bound chromium?
polynicotinate is the other name. It's called this because it is
attached to a niacin molecule.
I enhance the absorption of this mineral into my system?
our reviews of research studies, expert have shown that Vitamin C
and/or zinc enhanced this mineral's absorption into the body.
taking this mineral cause skin problems and dermatitis?
is it possible if you suffer from allergies to chromate or clothing
made out of leather. Symptoms would include redness and itchy
is only likely to happen if you take more than the recommended dose.
The doses found in most multivitamins are very small and is not
expected to cause any side effects.
is Glucose Tolerance Factor (GTF)?
confuse GTF with chromium. Some manufacturers mistakenly (or
intentionally) describe their product as GTF chromium. GTF is a complex
molecule that also includes chromium.
Didn't a movie
showed the dangers of chromium exposure?
The movie is called Erin
The town people were exposed to Cr VI in their drinking
water supply. The hexavalent form, used for industrial processes, is
highly toxic to our body and is well known to cause cancer.
Benefits and Traditional Uses
Commonly reported side effects reported include:
Rare side effects include:
- stomach aches
- nausea and vomiting
- mood changes
can I expect from an overdose of this mineral?
as high as 1,000 mcg per day has been used safely in research studies
with no reports of side effects or dangers to the body organs.
Are there any
reports of liver or kidney damage from taking chromium?
have been reports of people suffering from kidney and liver problems
with even low dose of this mineral found in combination products. It is
impossible to blame it on the chromium when there are many other herbs
and minerals in them. However, studies using very high dose taken for a
long time doesn't show any danger to the kidney
As a precaution, if you suffer from any kidney or liver problems, talk
to your doctor before you start on this mineral.
What is the safety profile?
is shown to be very safe in many research studies done in
humans even with dose as high as 1,000 mcg taken daily.
up to 4,000 mcg has been use by some diabetes researchers without any significant dangers or risks to the subjects.
What about using
chromium during pregnancy and lactation?
dosage found in many multivitamins is 5 to 30 mcg per pill. This is a
completely safe range. Higher dose up to 500 mcg has been used safely
but let your doctor know that you are taking it.
to Take It
The typical dose for adults recommended by experts is about 30
Diabetes - Take
at least 400 mcg daily. Clinical studies have safely used chromium
picolinate or polynicotinate up to 1,000 mcg daily. It is important to
let your doctor know that you are taking this supplement.
References for Chromium
Updated: March 13, 2010